All Courses

All courses offered are at three credits, unless otherwise noted. SLIS students are able to view full syllabi on the Simmons SLIS Online Syllabi Wiki (you must have a Simmons log in to be able to view the page; requests from non-SLIS students can be sent to slishelp@simmons.edu).
Children's Literature Courses

Please note: In AARC, courses offered at The Eric Carle Museum are signified by -18 after the course number.

CHL 400 - Virtual Orientation

This required orientation course introduces all Library and Information Science, Children's Literature, and Writing for Children students to the full range of academic, administrative, and social expectations for students, and the environment in which they must meet those expectations. Intended for and appropriate to both online and face-to-face students, this course describes program requirements; college, school, and program policy; and offers information about the full range of resources available to the students in support of their program. It also offers basic tutorial and instruction related to the use of Moodle (the learning management system used in online and face-to-face courses), library resources, and other key tools used to support student learning. 

CHL 401 - Criticism of Literature for Children

Develops the individual critical voices of students and acquaints them with the literary canon and a variety of literacy perspectives through exposure to many influential schools of literacy criticism. Applies critical skills in the examination of a range of novels (realism and fantasy), short stories, biographies, nonfiction, and translated works published for children. (4 credits.) 

CHL 403 - The Picturebook 

Explores picturebooks and their histories in detail. Considers medium, technique, and technology to investigate the development of the picturebook as a distinct artistic form. Develops a discerning eye and critical vocabulary essential for appraising text and illustration. (4 credits.)

CHL 404A - Poetry for Young Readers

Analyzes contemporary poetry accessible to children and young adults, following a brief historical overview of children's poetry. Studies influential individual poets as well as respected anthologies as a means of developing a critical sense of poetry and identifying poetry that sings for young readers. (2 credits.)

CHL 411 - Victorian Children's Literature

Examines the wide variety of Victorian literature written for children, from fairy tales and nonsense verse to didactic fiction and classic examples of the Victorian bildungsroman. Authors may include Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Dinah Mulock Craik, Cristina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charlotte Mary Yonge, and Rudyard Kipling. (4 credits.)

CHL 413 - Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Young Adults

Studies the adolescent's quest for a sense of self. Uses narratology and other theoretical frameworks. Focuses on fiction published for both young adults and adults including central touchstone novels in the field. Draws from the work of Robert Cormier, M.E. Kerr, Chris Lynch, Kyoko Mori, Walker Dean Myers, and Virginia Euwer Wolff, among others, with particular attention to works published within the last decade. (4 credits.)

CHL 414 - Fantasy and Science Fiction

Provides a historical study and critical analysis of the development of fantasy and science fiction for children. Traces the growth of themes and genres in works studied and examines underlying themes as serious expressions of human hopes and fears in the past and for the future. (4 credits.)

CHL 415 - A Whole Book Approach to Picturebook Art & Design

Provides an overview of The Whole Book Approach, a storytime model developed by Megan Lambert in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which is grounded in critical engagement with the picturebook as a visual art form. Students will critically engage with the design and production elements of a broad range of contemporary picture books, employing Structuralist, Reader Response, and other approaches to examining how words, pictures and design impact readers' engagement with primary texts. The course will also include opportunities for students to observe WBA storytimes to see how theory informs practice as children engage with picturebooks in facilitated readings. (2 credits.)

CHL 417 - Canadian Children's Literature

This brief survey of Canadian literature for young people examines Canadian children's books as they evolve from a colonial to a pluralistic society. The course will consider domestic and historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, realism, picturebooks, and folklore. No prerequisites, open enrollment. (2 credits.)

CHL 418 - Australian Children's Literature

This course offers a (brief) overview of the development of Australian children's and YA literature, from earliest publications (1841) to the present day, through reading some important texts. It will look more closely at some books from recent decades, looking especially for the characteristics of Australian literature and discussing themes and issues such as concepts of nationhood; relationship of self to place; boy's books and girl's books; relationships between white Australians and indigenous peoples; Bush vs. the city; and multiculturalism to draw on scholarship in children's/young adult literature to contextualize and deepen critical interrogation of literary texts.  (4 credits.)

CHL 419A  - Canadian Children's Literature: Study in Fantasy

Examines origins, post-colonial development and current trends of Canadian children's fantasy. Analyzes the construction of conventional fantasy motifs in picturebooks, novels, and graphic novels. Questions what defines and distinguishes Canadian fantasy by considering what themes, values, or messages imbue the texts with a unique national identity. (2 credits.)

CHL 419B  - Humor

This course will examine the many facets of humor in literature for young people, focusing particularly on the literary, historical, and societal significance of making readers laugh. Students will examine the history and philosophy behind humor for children, as well as the uses of humor as entertainment, social commentary, and literary device. The class will also consider how specific humor techniques make a text funny for particular audiences, and how subjectivity, societal influences, and personal preference play a role in judging a comedic work's success. (2 credits.)

CHL 420 - Project Thesis / Tutorial

Requires preparation of a monograph, essay, or bibliographic compilation with a scholarly orientation. Consult with the program director regarding guidelines and deadlines for submitting thesis proposal. (4 credits.)

CHL 421 - History of Children's Book Publishing

Surveys the history of children's book publishing in the U.S. and then focuses on the various stages of the contemporary children's book publishing process editing, art direction and design, and marketing. Practitioners from each of these areas will share their expertise and involvement in the evolution of a books creation. The final assignment requires that each student will develop a publishing project and show how such a book would be published. (4 credits.)

CHL 422 - Editing the Children's Book Manuscript

Provides an in-depth understanding of the editorial process involved in creating a book for children or young adults. Offers a behind-the-scenes look at the dialogue that takes place between author and editor as they work together to strengthen a text as it involves from manuscript to finished book. (2 credits.)

CHL 423 - 19th Century American Children's Literature

Reading writers including Hawthorne, Alcott, Twain, Susan Warner, Thomas Bailey, Aldrich, and Margaret Sidney, this class will consider the role of religion, the classed and gendered nature of writing for children, and the way the family is depicted and disciplined. Well also take up the question of slavery, womens suffrage, and industrialization in the childrens literature of the period. (4 credits.)

CHL 424 - Nonsense Literature for Children: Structured Absurdity, Subversion, and Certain Creatures of the Sea

Whatever its context, wherever its originates, nonsense exhibits an aesthetic rigor, a playfulness, and a kind of structured subversion that has made it an underground weapon of the disenfranchised. Using Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the carnivalesque, we will look to the origins of nonsense, stemming from folklore such as nursery rhymes, and the sophisticated and silly satires. No prerequisites, open enrollment. (2 credits.)

CHL 424B - Verse Novels, Narrative Poetry

In this course we'll read and critique poetry for children and verse novels, which combine the pull of story with finely pared or lyrical language. We'll consider book-length narratives that rely on formal elements such as meter and rhyme and those written in free verse, depending for their power on well-chosen nouns and verbs, startling conjunctions, and echoing imagery. Some poetry may be more musical than linear, with an emphasis on concision and pacing, but poetry and prose exist on a spectrum, and we'll examine where borders blur. (2 credits.)

CHL 424C - Series Fiction

Often decried as less than literary, series fiction for children deserves critical attention as it comprises a body of material that is conceived of, written, structured, and subsequently read and evaluated in a way that distinguishes these books from stand-alone literary works for children.  This course will consider series fiction through the lenses provided by Marxist literary criticism and will attend not only to the content of series fiction, but also its creation. (2 credits.)

CHL 426 - The Child in Fiction

Examines art, literature, history, and critical theory as well as education, psychology, and media studies to consider the multiple ways literature about and for children constructs notions of childhood. Addresses portrayals of race, class, and gender in children's books that take childhood itself as subject. Includes readings crossing age (from picturebooks to young adult novels) and genre (folklore, poetry, fantasy, and realism). (4 credits.)

CHL 427 - Special Topics: Folk and Fairy Tales

This intensive week-long course will investigate the historic and cultural contexts of folk and fairy tale production and reproduction. The course will consider the narrative structures of folk and fairy tales as a prelude to exploring a variety of adaptations across venues (e.g., literature, picturebooks, graphic novels, film, television, stage, interactive digital media, comic books, games, etc.). The course will examine critical debates and their framing of the role, purpose, and place of fairy tales. Students will take a case study approach to one fairy tale and will complete a final project studying how one tale has changed over time. No prerequisites, open enrollment. (2 credits.)

CHL 427B - The Americanization of Fairy Tales 

Walt Disney cast a spell on the fairy tale, and he has held it captive ever since." Each reinvention, reinterpretation, and reimagining of these tales supposedly creates new stories to serve modern needs, but is this done at the expense of both the tales themselves, and the child audiences for whom they are intended? The purpose of this course is to examine various fairytale adaptations in an attempt to determine why these stories are such an inedible part of American childhood. Through examination of adaptations from Disney's The Little Mermaid to Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Bill Willingham's Fables graphic novels this class will debate whether sanitizing these fairytales strips them of their moral and psychological complexity. We will ask ourselves what elements of these tales provide their staying power. Can there be fidelity to fairytales, and can we adapt them for modern times without destroying them in the process? (2 credits.)

CHL 428A - A Single Text: The Graphic Novel and The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz books, written between 1900 and 1920 by L. Frank Baum, remain one of the most successful and influential series in American Children's Literature. Wildly sought after for over half of the twentieth century, the series came under fire from critics and librarians beginning in the 1950's and its popularity eventually began to wane. The world of Oz, however, has never left public consciousness thanks in large part to the 1939 techni-color film starring Judy Garland,  and more recent adaptations such as Gregory Maguire's book Wicked, and the Broadway musical it inspired. Beginning in 2009, however, the book series itself staged a comeback of sorts, as artist/writer Eric Shanower began adapting Baum's original 14 works into graphic novels at the behest of Marvel Comics. This course will employ three of Baum's original books and Shanower's corresponding adaptations to explore the graphic novel's usefulness as a tool through which we can further our understanding and appreciation of literature. We will examine the ways in which Shanower's adaptations elucidate and change Baum's original stories and discuss the ways in which graphic novels broaden the appeal and audience for traditional literature. (2 credits.)

CHL 429A - Rereading Race in Classic Children’s Literature

This course will examine a set of classic 19th/20th century texts that have attracted controversy first as historical artifacts, examining their cultural importance at the time they were written. What messages were they disseminating and how did these novels reflect the times in which they were penned? How do we relate to children’s literature that was once widely popular when the viewpoints it espouses become outdated? We will also discuss what role these same works have in 21st century society. When some of the beliefs and messages are outdated, what is left of value in the texts to make them worthy not just of preservation, but of study? On one hand, children are in the process of forming their own identities and thus, might be more impressionable. However, while it might be simpler to ban books whose messages we now find offensive, that also cuts children off from characters whose adventures, problems, and narratives have enriched readers lives for well over a century. We will not focus on the idea of rehabilitating the texts; rather, we will concentrate on discovering ways to bring them into a modern literary conversation about race, gender, and the history of colonialism. (2 credits.)

CHL 429B - The Girl Reader, 1868-1908

The title of this course is a direct and deliberate allusion to Kate Flint's The Woman Reader, 1837-1914, a book she describes as an “examin[ation] of the topos of the woman reader, and its functioning in the cultural debate between the accession of Queen Victoria and the First World War.” In this course, we’ll examine the topos of the girl reader, focusing on four classic versions of this figure: Jo March, Rose Campbell, Rebecca Rowena Randall (named for the two heroines of Scott’s Ivanhoe), and Anne Shirley. The cultural debate we’ll consider has to do with both gender—in that we will be thinking about the status of the girl reader at the height of first-wave feminism—and genre, as we consider what John Guillory calls the “institutional presentation” of the canonical in books for young girls written during the Golden Age of children’s literature. We’ll think about the valorization of Wordsworth in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, of Scott in Alcott’s Eight Cousins, of Shakespeare and Dickens in Little Women, of Tennyson in Anne of Green Gables, for example. We’ll compile reading lists of what the girls in these novels read; we’ll look at scenes of participatory reading, and we’ll think about these characters’ “fictional reading” (the phrase is Flint’s) versus our own actual reading. (2 credits.)

CHL 429C - Culture Matters in Children's Literature

Pete Seeger, quoting his musicologist father, famously said that 'plagiarism is basic to all culture.' Taking as its premise the principle that culture is thus essentially a collaborative exercise, this course will examine how American children's literature written in English has moved from its monocultural roots in British literature to one that strives to include modern America's many cultures, including diverse racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientations and identities, and abilities. Students will grapple with issues of representation and intersectionality as they arise from identity politics-of the creators, the gatekeepers, and the putative and actual audiences-and consider how well traditional critical methodologies accommodate them. Can the Other become Us? Should it? (4 credits.)

CHL 430 - Writing for Children I

Investigates the process of writing fiction for children through written assignments and class discussion of both assignments and of published books. Examines different narrative forms and techniques and the elements and development of a story. Includes individual conferences and an opportunity to work on individual projects if desired. Requires a willingness to participate and experiment, but previous creative writing experience is not necessary. (4 credits.)

CHL 431 - Writing for Children II

Explores the writing of a book through various writing exercises and discussion of student work, and literature in the field. Elements of the picture book, such as illustration, design, format, and specific genres will be examined as they relate to the creation of a solid text. Prereq: CHL 430  (4 credits.)

CHL 434 - The Child & The Book

Explores accounts of childhood reading through critical analysis and primary reading of fictional and artistic depictions of the child as a reader; reader response accounts of children’s responses to literature; adult memoirs of childhood reading; parental accounts of reading with children; writings about children’s reading in school and library contexts; an exploration of children’s choice book awards. Beginning reader books and early chapter books are primary course text, and the course considers the historical development of these forms. (4 credits.)

CHL 435A - Creators and Aesthetics: Eric Carle

Provides a rare opportunity to examine the entire body of Eric Carle's work as a fine artist, with particular emphasis on his ground-breaking work as a picturebook artist.  The course will develop critical writing about picturebooks through a contextualized study of Eric Carle's work as well as corollary readings of literary, art, and historical materials.  The course will explore the artist's evolution, style, influences, achievement, medium, and aesthetics.  Students will complete studio work and final projects grounded in their professional interests.  In addition, the course will seek to understand Carle's legacy as the founder of the first museum devoted to picturebook art. (2 credits.)

CHL 435B - Creators and Aesthetics: Gary Schmidt

Provides a unique opportunity to examine the entire body of a writer's work.  Develops critical skills through study of the developing, revised, and completed works by Gary Schmidt. Requires corollary readings of literary criticism . A book-by-book exploration of the writer's evolution, style, themes, ideology, and ultimately achievement with an eye to the connections between books and to the author's work as a whole. (2 credits.)

CHL 436A - Nonfiction: Narrative

Narrative nonfiction examines nonfiction that is told as story, whether history, such as Jim Murphy's The Plague, or science, such as Phillip Hoose's Moonbird. Biography, as well as some graphic novels and poetry volumes, fall into this area of study. A history of the subgenre, an examination of reader gender preferences, and a discussion of award winners will be included. Books will include those targeted preschool through young adult. (2 credits.)

CHL 436B - Nonfiction: Expository

Expository nonfiction studies nonfiction that is presented in a variety of organization patterns, including enumeration (Actual Size by Steve Jenkins); cause/effect (I Face the Wind by Viki Cobb); compare/contrast (Nic Bishop, Spiders), question/answer, fact/opinion and the like. A history of the subgenre, and examination of reader gender preferences, and a discussion of award winners will be included. Books will include those targeted preschool through young adult. (2 credits.)

CHL 437 / LIS 405 - Special Topics in Children's Literature

See Library and Information Science course LIS 405

CHL 441 - MFA Mentorship I

Provides MFA students individual mentoring from a childrens book author, editor, or critic to develop a single project from its initial conception to submission in manuscript form to a publishing house. Consult with the program director regarding guidelines and deadlines for submitting mentorship proposal. Prereq.: CHL 430. (4 credits.)

CHL 442 - MFA Mentorship II

Provides MFA students individual mentoring from a childrens book author, editor, or critic to develop a single project from its initial conception to submission in manuscript form to a publishing house. Consult with the program director regarding guidelines and deadlines for submitting mentorship proposal. Prereq.: CHL 441. (4 credits.)

CHL 450 - Independent Study

Provides students an opportunity to study a topic of their choosing in the area of curriculum development or literature education. Project should have practical application to the candidates professional work and represent a model for use by others. (4 credits.)

CHL 451 - The Reviewer

An exploration of children's book reviewing, focusing on historical trends and contemporary practices. Analysis of journals; formal experience in writing, reading, and editing reviews; and foundations of literary criticism. (2 credits.)

CHL 506 - Summer Symposium in Children's Literature

Examines all genres of children's literature, from picturebooks through young adult novels, nonfiction, and poetry, through a thematic lens. Culminates in a long weekend in which authors, illustrators, editors, and critics of children's literature bring their unique vision to the theme. The summer symposium/institute theme for 2013 is "love letters" and will be taught by Associate Professor Amy Pattee. Past summer symposia have been "the Body electric" (2011), "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (2009), "food, glorious, food" (2007), "let's dance" (2005), "Midnight gardens" (2003), "Brave new Worlds" (2001), "Halos and Hooligans" (1999), and "As time goes By" (1997). staff and visiting faculty. (4 credits.)

Computer Science Courses

CS 110 Foundations of Information Technology

Foundations of Information Technology is a broad introduction to issues and concepts that are fundamental in the IT field.  These include aspects of system administration, user support, applications installation and management, hardware troubleshooting and ethical use of technology.  This course emphasizes knowledge combined with practical, hands-on experience.  (4 credits.)

CS 112/412 - Introduction to Computer Science (m3) (F-1,2)

Introduces computer science and programming using a high-level programming language (currently Python). Teaches program design in the context of contemporary practices both object oriented and procedural. Presents fundamental computer science topics through initiation and design of programs. Requires significant projects. Prereq.: Completion of the competency in basic mathematics. (4 credits.)

CS 113/413  -  GUI and Event-Driven Programming (S-1,2)  

Continues CS 112, with emphasis on graphic user interface and event-driven programming (currently Java). Requires significant projects. Prereq.: CS 112. (4 credits.)

CS 226/426 - Computer Organization and Architecture (m3) (F-2)  

Studies the structure and function of computer hardware, with an emphasis on performance. Includes history of computers, information representation, hardware components and their functions, buses, internal and external memory, input/output, CPU, and instruction sets. Prereq.: CS 112 or equivalent or consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 227/427 - Computer Networks (F-1)  

Introduces the concepts, design, implementation, and management of computer networks. Covers data communication concepts, layered architectures, protocols, LANs, WANs, internetworking, the Internet, Intranets, network management, and network applications with an emphasis on TCP/IP. Prereq.: CS 112 or consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 232/432 - Data Structures and Algorithms (F-2)  

Considers topics including abstract data types and objects, strings, vectors, linked lists, stacks, queues, deques, sets, maps, trees, hash tables, and applications of data structures. Surveys fundamental algorithms, including geometric algorithms, graph algorithms, algorithms for string processing, and numerical algorithms. Discusses basic methods for the design and analysis of efficient algorithms. Prereq.: CS 113. Coreq.: MATH 210. (4 credits.)

CS 321/521 - Web-Centric Computing and Web Technologies (F-16)  

Provides knowledge of the current web technologies, including both client- and server-side technologies, AJAX, and mash-ups. Offers in-depth study of web architectures, web site creation using the standard HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript with jQuery, AJAX, and server-side scripting, mobile computing and responsive web design.  As time allows, introduction to XML and web services. Menzin. (Prereq.: CS 113 or consent of instructor) (4 credits.)

CS 327/527 - Security Issues in a Networked Environment (S-1)  

Addresses the need for authentication, confidentiality, and integrity of data in a networked environment. Examines the services and mechanisms currently available to prevent successful attacks. Includes security models, encryption, digital signatures and certificates, authentication techniques, email confidentiality, firewalls, web servers, malware, and security management strategies.  Prereq.: CS 227. (4 credits.)

CS 330/530 - Structure and Organization of Programming Languages (S-2)

Provides a comparison of computer languages and language paradigms (object-oriented, procedural, functional, event-driven) with respect to data structures, control structures, and implementation. Investigates these issues in several languages (currently JAVA, C++, Perl, Ruby, and Scheme). Presents formal language specification including regular, context-free, and ambiguous languages.  Prereq.: CS 232, CS 226 or consent of instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 333/533 - Database Management Systems (S-2)  

Offers comprehensive examination of the design and implementation of relational database management systems (DBMS). Teaches the logical organization of databases, E_R design, normalization and use of SQL for data description and retrieval, including triggers and stored procedures; concurrency and security issues and typical solutions. Includes a major project building web interfaces to databases using PHP and MySQL. Introduction to No_SQL solutions. Prereq.: CS 112. (4 credits.)

CS 334 - Special topics in Computer Science*  

Offers an intensive study in a particular area of computer science focusing on advanced issues. Intended for juniors and seniors concentrating in computer science. Topic varies but may include natural language processing, advanced networking, system/network management, systems programming, network programming, server-side programming and issues, cryptology, and wireless technologies. Prereq.: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.  (4 credits.)

CS 343 - Systems Analysis and Design  

Teaches the strategies used in designing a complex computer-based application system: identifying stakeholders, gathering information, writing requirements, analyzing for technical and financial feasibility, setting priorities, planning and managing projects, and designing for usability. Includes extensive use of cases and UML for in depth examples. Involves team projects. Prereq.: One of MGMT 110, CS 333 and IT 101 or CS 112. [Not offered in 2012—2014.] (4 credits.)

CS 345/545 - Operating Systems (F-1)  

Teaches the function, design, implementation, and management of operating systems, including detailed study of the UNIX/Linux system. Topics include concurrent processes, operating system architecture, memory management, I/O, the file system, resource allocation, scheduling, security, concurrency command processing, and shell programming. Prereq.: MATH/CS 246 Data Mining. (4 credits.)

CS 346/MA 346 Data Mining

This course introduces various approaches to Data Mining, including supervised and unsupervised methods, classification, clustering, and association with emphasis on evaluation of appropriate methods. Students will explore the appropriate use and differences of various algorithms using SPSS or R. Prerequisite:  Math 228, Math 229 and CS 333. (4 credits.)

CS 347/547 Applied Data Science

This course builds on skills learned in previous data science courses and shows students how to practically apply in various technological paradigms using real world data and situations. Students will work in teams to assess the appropriate tools and methodologies to apply to their particular case study. This is a required course for undergraduate majors and for master’s students in the Data Science & Analytics programs.  Prerequisite: MATH/CS 346 Data Mining. (4 credits.)

CS 349 - Directed Study (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Directed study addresses coursework required for the major or degree not being offered formally that semester. Students work under the close supervision of a faculty member. Consent is required for a directed study, which does not count toward the independent learning requirement. Prereq.: Consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 350 - Independent Study (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Requires a written proposal, regular meetings with faculty advisor, a final presentation, and a written report. Prereq.: Consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 355 - Honor Thesis (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Beginning with the successful completion of CS 350. Provides academically outstanding and highly motivated majors the opportunity to produce a rigorous thesis as the culmination of a two semester project, following a preparatory semester of related independent research. Includes oral defense with members of the department and a written thesis. Prereq.: Consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

CS 370 - Internship (F-1,2; S-1,2)

Prereq.: Junior or senior standing and consent of the department. (4 or 8 credits.)

IT 225/525 - Health Informatics (m3) (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Introduces students to major uses of information technology in the health care industry. Studies components of a computer system and major health informatics applications, how a database is organized, and general issues such as consistency, concurrency, back-up, security, integrity, and recovery from failure. Use of Access and introduction to SQL. Teaches how to model health care problems on Excel. Introduction to Electronic Health Records and underlying technologies and standards (XML and UML), Finding and evaluating on-line health information. Prereq: Completion of the competency in basic mathematics. (4 credits.)

IT 350 - Independent Study (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Prereq.: Consent of the instructor. (4 credits.)

IT 370 - Internship (F-1,2; S-1,2)  

Computer science courses offered at the 400- and 500-level are available to SLIS students. These courses include additional work at the graduate level. Prereq.: Consent of the instructor. (4 or 8 credits.)

Library and Information Science Courses

Courses may be offered in different formats.  Each course below has one of the following designations:

F2F = currently the course is offered only face to face

OL = currently the course is offered only online

F2F, OL = currently the course is available to be offered in either the face to face or online format.  For the best estimate of when the course might be offered in a particular format, please see the projected Two-Year Schedule of LIS courses.

Each semester we are converting new courses to the online format so please check the course listings periodically. Here a list of courses with format designations

LIS 400 - Virtual Orientation

This required orientation course introduces all Library and Information Science, Children's Literature, and Writing for Children students to the full range of academic, administrative, and social expectations for students, and the environment in which they must meet those expectations. Intended for and appropriate to both online and face-to-face students, this course describes program requirements; college, school, and program policy; and offers information about the full range of resources available to the students in support of their program. It also offers basic tutorial and instruction related to the use of Moodle (the learning management system used in online and face-to-face courses), library resources, and other key tools used to support student learning. (OL)

LIS 401 - Foundations of Library and Information Science (formerly LIS 531P)

This course is an introduction to the field of library and information science, exploring information professions, services, and institutions, as well as addressing fundamental concepts and theories of information. Topics that will be the subject of discussion and study include settings in which an information professional might work (libraries, information centers, archives, and the information industries); the history of the information professions; the organizational structures of information institutions; the information needs of users and their information-seeking behavior; and information concepts, theories, and practices. The class will engage with current issues and trends affecting the information professions in today's society. Assignments may include presentations, posters, papers, case studies, examinations, and written exercises. (F2F, OL)

LIS 403 - Evaluation of Information Services

The course applies the principles of evaluation research to contemporary information management problems. It covers the fundamentals of identifying and investigating problems relevant to continuous quality enhancement and communicating the results to decision makers. (F2F, OL)

LIS 404 - Principles of Management

Designed to acquaint students with the basic management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. The course is intended to help provide understanding of human interactions in the workplace and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed to handle managerial problems professionally. Approaches to managing, from authoritarian to participative to laissez-faire, are examined. Readings, case studies, critical incidents, simulations, and discussions. (F2F, OL)

LIS 405 - Special Topics in Children's Literature and Library Science (formerly LIS 531Q)

This co-taught course offers a thematic exploration of children's and young adult literature as viewed through the sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory disciplinary lenses of literary criticism and library science. Topics for discussion include the differences and similarities between professional reviewing and literary criticism, literary reception and the reading audience, and the intersections between theory and practice. Required course for Dual Degree in LIS/Children's Literature. (F2F)

LIS 406 - Management and Evaluation of School Library Programs

A critical review of the issues and trends in management, program development, and evaluation of contemporary school library media centers at the elementary, secondary, and district levels in the United States.  Students in this course will complete 15 pre-practicum fieldwork hours in the context of an assignment involving the development of an observation protocol (a method associated with evaluation research) and an interview with a school library media specialist. (OL)

LIS 407 - Information Sources and Services

This course focuses on topics related to services, information sources and information seeking processes as manifested in a variety of information centers. Introduces information concepts and services, including: question-negotiation (the reference interview), customer service, ethics, evaluating the collection, management, user service philosophy, service in different institutional settings and for diverse populations, and the assessment of services. Students learn about the creation, packaging, access and presentation of information in different types of sources and formats. Required Course. (F2F, OL)

LIS 408 - User Instruction and Information Literacy

This course offers an overview of user instruction and assessment of related learning outcomes across information settings. The course will introduce basics of pedagogy, including backwards design, universal design, assessment of learning outcomes, and learning theories. Students will critically examine concepts of information literacy and analyze its role in instruction across information settings, and apply best practices in development of information literacy learning outcomes and instructional programming to design program modules in various formats. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415. (F2F)

LIS 410 - Information Services for Diverse Users (formerly LIS 530J)

Given the increasing diversity of information users in the United States, information professionals need to learn more about specific groups in order provide appropriate services. This course examines the special needs and potential contributions of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in information settings. Through readings, discussion, and guest lectures, students will explore diversity issues that impact information services and develop skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for addressing these issues. Specific diversity issues include race and ethnicity; gender and sexual orientation; social class; national origin; physical, psychological, and learning ability; and age. Students will gain experience in addressing diversity issues in two interrelated projects. The first project will involve writing a paper on a particular group and its needs in terms of collection development, programming, or accessibility issues, etc. For the second project, students will build on the first paper in a service learning project with an information center of their choice. Examples of service learning projects include constructing a detailed program or service activity for a specific group; compiling an annotated bibliography of best current materials and digital sources for a specific group; implementing a mentoring program for a specific group; evaluating diversity programs which are already in place; or writing a staff training proposal. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415. (F2F, OL)

LIS 412 - Library Programs and Services for Young Adults

This course examines the planning and delivery of information and recreational services to meet the diverse needs of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in public libraries and school library/media centers. Examination of the developmental tasks of adolescents and relevant social, education, and demographic trends. Emphasis on the development of library policies and collaboration with youth serving community agencies. Attention to communication and program skills and the promoting, funding, and evaluating of library programs and services for teenagers. (F2F)

LIS 414 - Special Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of special libraries—of multiple types—in North America. Specific attention will be given to examples of highly successful models of special library organization, staffing, and service, as well as to notable and common challenges associated with special libraries. Students will read and evaluate recent research describing the value of special libraries and examine comparative data describing special libraries in the U.S. and abroad. (F2F, OL)

LIS 415 - Information Organization

The phenomena, activities, and issues surrounding the organization of information in service of users and user communities. Topics include resource types and formats, information service institutions, markup, descriptive metadata, content standards, subject analysis and classification, and the information life cycle. Readings, discussions, examinations, and oral and written exercises. Required Course. (F2F, OL)

LIS 416 - Descriptive Cataloging (formerly LIS 532A)

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of bibliographic description and the application of national standards to the construction of catalogs in libraries. It covers the fundamental concepts of descriptive cataloging including: the elements of bibliographic description, the choice of descriptive detail, the description of print and non-print resources, the choice of access points, the formulation of authorized names and titles, the principles and practices of authority work, and the application of encoding standards. The course also includes examinations of current trends and future directions of descriptive cataloging. May include readings, discussions, presentations, exams, exercises, and individual or group projects. Prerequisite: LIS 415. (F2F)

LIS 417 - Subject Cataloging and Classification

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of subject cataloging and classification. It covers the application of national standards to the creation of bibliographic records and to the construction of catalogs in libraries and other information environments. It teaches the concepts of subject cataloging including: understanding the various approaches to and pitfalls in determining aboutness; the theoretical foundations, structure, and the application of LCSH in subject cataloging; the application of the policies in the LC Subject Heading Manual; and complex number building in Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Classification. The course also includes examinations of the history and theoretical foundations of subject cataloging and classification and explores other subject access systems from around the world (e.g., UDC, Colon, Bliss, Expansive classification, PRECIS, AAT, and MeSH). May include readings, discussions, presentations, exams, exercises, and individual or group projects. Prerequisite: LIS 415. (F2F)

LIS 419 - Indexing and Thesaurus Construction

Design, evaluation, and improvement of systems providing subject access to information resources. Indexing, classification and taxonomy, indexing language development, abstracting, algorithmic approaches. Subject organization and retrieval in a range of information systems and settings, including Web sites, subject gateways, and digital libraries. Practical exercises, individual or group projects, in-class presentations. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415. (F2F)

LIS 420 - Book Publishing and Librarianship

The course focuses on the book publishing industry and its relationship to the library profession. Students examine all the segments of the publishing process: editorial, design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. The course explores current issues in the book publishing industry; it helps librarians develop critical skills to evaluate books; it clarifies aspects of copyright as related to printed material; and it provides information about ways libraries can influence what appears in print and can take advantage of current conditions in the publishing marketplace. Also included are guest speakers from the publishing industry, media presentations, and individual research papers. (F2F)

LIS 421 - Social Informatics

"Social Informatics" refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization - including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. This graduate seminar is for students interested in the influence of information technology in the human context, including cultural heritage, professional concerns, and social inequities. The course introduces some of the key concepts of social informatics and situates them into the view of varied perspectives including readers, librarians, computer professionals, authors, educators, publishers, editors, and the institutions that support them. (OL)

LIS 422 - Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues and Responses

This course provides an overview of the social, economic, and political impact of adult functional illiteracy in the United States; it discusses the issue at both the federal and state level with implications for library involvement at the community level. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the literacy needs of a community and at the development and implementation of programs to meet that need. It will introduce advocacy, training, budgeting, staff recruitment, student assessment and instruction, publicity and program evaluation of both traditional and innovative library-based literacy/ESOL programs; it will suggest approaches to serve traditionally underrepresented communities by exploring how to improve equity of access to those populations. (F2F)

LIS 423 - Storytelling

This course examines cultural origins and contemporary practices of oral storytelling. It explores the psychological and social value of stories and practical and ethical issues in selecting, adapting, and presenting story materials. Students observe and practice storytelling and develop a personal repertoire of stories. Readings, class discussion and exercises, and course assignments will acquaint them with a wide variety of story types, skills of story presentation, and the development of story programs. (F2F)

LIS 425 - History of the Book

The course will cover a wide variety of topics concerned with the history and development of the book, both as a physical object and as the bearer of intellectual content. Therefore, the lectures/discussions will look at two different kinds of phenomena: the physical properties of the objects that carried written and pictorial texts and the intellectual use to which books have been put. A third area that the course will address picks up the miscellaneous, but important, issues of the world of libraries: the antiquarian and out-of-print book trade; remainders; handling, storing, caring for, repairing, and conserving books; legal considerations of book/text ownership and use; and other areas of book history. Students will be introduced to the extensive vocabulary of the book world. With a mastery of this new vocabulary, the students will have a grasp of a subject of extraordinary breadth, boundless fascination, and endless debate. As Milton said, "A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit." This course will explain why. (F2F)

LIS 430 - Business Information Sources and Services

A survey of print and electronic information sources as well as coverage of basic business concepts is provided. It will include sources basic to business, finance, trade, company and industry reference and be both national and international in scope. The objective will be to familiarize students with source material, including government sources and statistics, industry and trade literature, used for business research. Attention will also be paid to the information needs of business people and researchers as well as the issues and concerns associated with business information gathering and research. Prerequisite: LIS 407. (F2F)

LIS 432 - Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics (formerly LIS 531V)

This course serves as a foundation course for students who seek careers as information professionals in archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage settings. Working with representative partner sites, the course introduces students to diverse information organizations. With a focus on the purpose, mission, and history of these institutions, the course examines key concepts and activities in an interdisciplinary context. Differences in the purposes and missions of these institutions are also considered. Specific topics include: collection building, organizing knowledge structures, conserving and preserving collections, collection use, exhibitions, education, the application of technology, and cultural politics. Assignments include case studies, presentations, and group projects. (F2F, OL)

LIS 433 - Oral History

This course is in three components: 1) studying the ethics and responsible practice of oral history; 2) developing a project to document a life, event, occupation, family, institution or experience; 3) archiving, providing access and preserving audiovisual recordings. Students are required to secure a recording device to perform oral history interviews and to learn to use audiovisual editing software.  It is recommended that students enrolling in the course have already taken LIS 438. (F2F, OL)

LIS 435 - Music Librarianship

Scope, types, and functions of music libraries - their physical and intellectual organization and administration. Included are principles and techniques of selection, acquisition, classification, cataloging, binding, storage, and dissemination of music materials; principles, techniques, and materials of music reference and research; music publishing and recording, including listening facilities; and philosophy and functions of the music librarian. Music-reading ability and substantial music literature background required. (F2F)

LIS 437 - Legal Information Sources

Study of legal information - origins, organization, dissemination, and use of legal media, as well as techniques of basic legal research. Prerequisite: LIS 407. (F2F)

LIS 438 - Introduction to Archival Methods and Services

Fundamentals of a wide range of archival activities, including appraisal, acquisitions, arrangement, description, reference, and access. Overview of history and terminology of the profession. Discussion of the types and varieties of archival repositories and the value of historical records beyond traditional research use. Course includes a required 60-hour internship completed in an archives or manuscript repository. Required course for Archives Management Concentration. (F2F, OL)

LIS 439 - Preservation Management in Libraries and Archives

This course covers the fundamentals of planning and managing programs of prevention and remedial treatment for the preservation of information resources in libraries and archives. The study of the nature of all types of materials and the factors contributing to their deterioration serves as background. Preservation planning topics, such as environmental control and light, security, risk management, fire prevention, housekeeping and storage, general collections maintenance and testing methods, are covered. Additional topics include: emergency planning in the areas of preparedness, mitigation and response; selection of materials for basic repair, conservation or reformatting; budgeting for preservation activities; preservation training for staff and users; digital preservation; and cooperative programs. Course includes readings, media presentations and guest lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. (F2F, OL)

LIS 440 - Archival Access and Use

Explores access to and use of archives and manuscript collections within the framework of archival description and representation. How archives are described and the surrogates that are used to represent them profoundly impact their access and use and are central to the archives profession. Students will explore various types of archival use including exhibits (physical and virtual) in addition to the creation of surrogates for primary sources and will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of EAD (Encoded Archival Description), as well as other emerging metadata standards. Required course for Archives Management Concentration. Prerequisite: LIS 415, LIS 438. (F2F, OL)

LIS 441 - Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts

Archival appraisal, or the assessment and evaluation of archival records to determine their continuing value for long-term retention, is one of the central and most critical challenges and responsibilities of the archivist. Building on the introductory exposure to appraisal offered in LIS 438, this course will focus on developing a theoretical framework for appraisal by introducing students to the strategies and methodologies of appraisal, through case studies and by exploring appraisal models developed and implemented within the profession. It will place the issues and activities of appraisal within the context of the documentation of society and the preservation of organizational and community memory. Prerequisite: LIS 438. (F2F, OL)

LIS 442 - Establishing Archives and Manuscript Programs

Developing a knowledge base that encompasses a variety of competencies around sustaining an archives is vital for archivists who often work in small one or two person repositories or may face the challenges of establishing new repositories. This course will analyze the requirements of such small or emerging programs and focus on the ways to develop strategic plans, locate and pursue sources of funding, market and design outreach; understand the physical and intellectual resources of an archival facility; and sustain program growth. The class will also examine these issues within the context of different types of archives (i.e. government, academic, historical societies). Prerequisite: LIS 438, LIS 440. (F2F, OL)

LIS 443 - Archives, History, and Collective Memory

This is a bridge course between Archives and History that explores the relationship between historical events, the creation and maintenance of archival records, and the construction of collective memory. It analyzes the role of archives and records in the process of documenting and remembering (or forgetting) history. Focusing on 20th century events, it considers such archival issues as repatriation, records destruction, contested history, and memory construction. These issues are presented within the context of various types of records, such as genealogical records, oral records, and records of material culture (artifacts) in addition to traditional print materials.Required for Dual Degree Archives/History students. Prerequisite: LIS 438 for Archives concentrators and dual degree students. (F2F)

LIS 445 - Metadata (formerly LIS 531S)

This course will cover the theory and practice of metadata as it is applied to digital collections. It will provide students with a comprehensive overview of current metadata standards in the library, archives, and visual resources communities and offer them an opportunity to get hands-on practice using selected standards. It will examine the role of metadata in the discovery, delivery, administration, and preservation of digital objects and consider current and emerging issues in metadata. The course will address all aspects of metadata, including creation, management, and use. In-class exercises and assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply specific content and structure standards. Prerequisites: LIS 415. (F2F, OL)

LIS 446 - Art Documentation for Museums, Archives & Libraries

This course addresses the creation, management, and dissemination of art information in museums and in their archives and libraries, as well as in academic art libraries and visual collections. Topics include: the historical development of art research collections in museums and libraries; impact of new technologies on research and collection management; use of social media and the related information management issues; developments in field-specific standards such as CCO and the various Getty vocabularies, with an emphasis on the impact on access to visual materials; developments in cross-institutional projects; and issues specific to small museum libraries and archives. (F2F)

LIS 447 - Collection Maintenance

This course in preservation management deals with the planning, implementation, and management of an effective collections maintenance program, including an effective repair program for a small/medium general collection. Topics include developing criteria for the selection of items in need of repair, binding, or replacement; learning the proper repair and housing techniques for bound and unbound materials in order to be able to administer an in-house repair program; selecting and processing materials for remote storage facilities; the cost factors involved in developing a collections maintenance program for general collections; and selecting and managing staff, space, equipment, and supplies for such a program. This course takes place at the North Bennet Street School. (F2F)

LIS 448 - Digital Stewardship (formerly LIS 531W)

This course teaches the core concepts and skills needed to create and manage digital collections and repositories. It covers the digital convergence of cultural heritage information in libraries, archives and museums. It introduces strategies for managing digital objects over the long term through active, ongoing oversight of the total environment (content, technologies, and user expectations) during all phases of the information life cycle. The course also includes extensive discussion of policy issues affecting digital collections, including sustainability issues for digital repositories, and open access to digital resources. (F2F, OL)

LIS 449 - Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship (formerly LIS 531O)

With the growth of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic applications in librarianship, the role of the Special Collections and Rare Book library has not gotten simpler. In fact, the new technology has added a layer of complexity to the life of the librarian, while many operations remain unchanged. Often, Special Collections/Rare Books Departments are like a library in microcosm, for many of these departments do all of what the parent institution does, in both technical and public services. On top of this, many administrators look to the Rare Books Department and use the department's facilities and holdings for public relations and other fund-raising activities. This course is designed as a practical introduction to Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship, to cover the many issues of these departments' responsibilities for the neophyte as well as the experienced librarian. (F2F)

LIS 450 - Public Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of public libraries, addressing the principles and techniques associated with planning and delivering public library services to individuals and communities. Students will examine the governance and service structure of metropolitan and town libraries and consider the political, fiscal, and societal trends affecting them. Special attention will be given to the analysis of the library needs of specific groups and relationship of these needs assessments to the implementation of particular programs and services. (F2F)

LIS 451 - Academic Libraries

This course surveys the history, staffing, organization, development, and future of college and university libraries. Common issues—including managing change, scholarly communication, publishing, information technology, advocacy, evaluation and assessment, planning, budgeting, and higher education—will be addressed within a context that connects academic libraries, and their infrastructure, with their parent institutions. (F2F, OL)

LIS 452 - History of Libraries (formerly LIS 532C)

This course covers the history of libraries from earliest times to the present day. It includes specific institutions, trends in service and facilities, and individuals important in the development of these institutions. While the primary focus of the course is libraries in the Western World, consideration of libraries in other traditions will be covered as source material allows. The objectives of the course include gaining a broad perspective on the history of libraries; an understanding of the history of libraries in the context of socio-cultural, political, and economic developments; and an understanding of historical methods both through the analysis of primary sources related to the history of libraries and through critical reading of texts on the history of libraries. Course material includes lecture, discussion, and field trips. Assignments include several writing assignments and in-class presentations. (OL)

LIS 453 - Collection Development and Management

Activities through which library collections are systematically developed and managed are explored, especially the formulation and implementation of written collection development policies. Other specific topics include identification of user needs; collection evaluation; fund allocation among competing departments, subjects, and/or media; selection methods; intellectual freedom; storage alternatives; and cooperative collection development. Course includes readings, guest lectures, and a term project in which a collection development policy for a real information agency is prepared. Prerequisites: LIS 407, LIS 415. (OL)

LIS 454 - Digital Information Services and Providers

The course addresses core principles and skills needed for information professionals to manage electronic resources and provide quality bibliographic search services in a variety of environments. The course provides a survey of database industry landscape, database structure and search techniques, a variety of domain-based database content and search strategies, and specialty searches. The course also covers budget planning, pricing models, licensing negotiation, and link and authentication technologies that are fundamental to managing electronic resources in libraries. Evolving roles of an electronic resource librarian, trends and development of electronic resource management are discussed. Instructional methods include lecture, search demonstration, hands-on practice, and guest speakers from vendors and libraries. (F2F)

LIS 455 - Usability and User Experience Research (formerly LIS 531Y)

This course covers the conceptual frameworks and applied methodologies for user-centered design and user experience research. Emphasis is placed on learning and practicing a variety of usability research methods/techniques such as scenario development, user profiling, tasks analysis, contextual inquiry, card sorting, usability tests, log data analysis, expert inspection and heuristic evaluation. Rather than a Web or interface design course, this is a research and evaluation course on usability and user experience with the assumption that the results of user and usability research would feed directly into various stages of the interface design cycle. Assignments may include usability methods plan, user persona development, scenario and task modeling, card sorting, usability testing project, and user experience research project. The usability test project will use actual real-time cases from organizations in the Greater Boston area. Usability experts and research specialists will be invited as guest speakers to present in class and some will serve as mentors/site supervisors for the usability testing project. Field trips to local usability labs will be arranged. Simmons SLIS Usability Lab will be used as the platform for class projects/assignments. Taking LIS 403 prior to this class is recommended. (F2F, OL)

LIS 456 - Records Management

This course addresses the theories and methodologies associated with managing institutional records, both paper-based and electronic. It introduces the set of activities required for systematically controlling the creation, distribution, use, maintenance and disposition of recorded information maintained as evidence of business activities and transactions. With an emphasis on case studies, students will learn about records appraisal, scheduling and disposition, functional analysis and records management program implementation and policy. Prior experience working with institutional records and/or LIS438 is recommended. (F2F, OL)

LIS 458 - Database Management

Principles and practices of database management and database design. Discussion and practice cover database application lifecycle, data modeling, relational database design, SQL queries, reports and other interfaces to database data, and documentation. Lectures also cover Web databases, XML, multimedia databases, and ethical and privacy issues associated with database systems. Individual and group projects. Prerequisites: LIS 488 or LIS 460. (F2F, OL)

LIS 459 - School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience (formerly LIS 532M)

Students complete structured field experience activities in elementary and secondary school libraries. Students will document their field experiences, make reflective written responses to readings and activities, and complete carefully designed learning projects that will help them develop professional skills, knowledge, and resources. This course fulfills 30 of the mandated 75 hours of pre-practicum field experience in preK-12 libraries for Massachusetts initial certification. (F2F)

LIS 460 - Technology and the School Library Teacher

This course will prepare the school library teacher to successfully integrate new and emerging technologies into the school library program, technology lab, and classroom. Technologies studied will be appropriate for integration into all areas of the school's curriculum. Web-based and mobile resources and tools are used extensively throughout the course and are directly tied to current topics in successful school library management and practice. Hands-on learning and discussion of issues that could arise as a part of technology integration with pre-K - 12 students are foundational elements of the course. The role the school library teacher plays in the professional development of teachers in his/her school as a resource person, leader in technology instruction, facilitator, collaborator, and instructor will be discussed throughout the course. Meets Technology Requirement for students in the School Library Teacher Program. (OL)

LIS 461 - Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher (formerly LIS 532L)

This course provides an in-depth look at the pedagogy of teaching and learning including an analysis of the research base that informs the application of specific strategies used for effective instruction. Students will examine the organization, structure, and content of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the Common Core State Standards, and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Students will prepare lessons, teach, participate in peer reviews, and begin to develop as reflective practitioners. Students will develop an understanding of the wide range of instructional strategies as they learn to create and implement standards-based lesson plans. Students will learn how to assess these lessons, resulting in data that correlates to student achievement. Prerequisite: LIS 459. (F2F)

LIS 462 - Digital Libraries

Digital libraries are regulated collections of distributed networked resources made accessible to users, usually through a transparent and standardized interface. This course will examine publicly and privately funded digital library projects in the US and internationally, and will explore evolving definitions and visions, as well as issues such as preservation and intellectual property. Through hands-on investigation, students will also become familiar with the components of digital libraries, and with digital library research. Assignments will include (but are not limited to) papers and presentations. Prerequisite: LIS 415 and LIS 488 or LIS 460. (F2F)

LIS 464 - The Medieval Manuscript from Charlemagne to Gutenberg (formerly LIS 531T)

This course will introduce students to the components of the medieval manuscript codex and teach them how to localize and date this kind of material, introducing them to the fields of paleography, codicology and manuscript illumination from the reign of Charlemagne in the 9th century to the invention of printing in the 15th. They will trace the development of book production and literate culture from its monastic origins to the later commercialization of the book trade. Different types of texts, such as Books of Hours, will be introduced. Students will learn the fundamentals of manuscript bibliographic description, and issues involving the modern book trade and curatorship of this type of material will be addressed. (F2F)

LIS 465 - Knowledge Management

This course will cover the entire knowledge management cycle from knowledge capture and codification, to sharing and communities of practice, transfer and application. It will also include major theories and models in knowledge management. Students will learn to apply the case study research design in knowledge management in organizational improvement. Contemporary knowledge management software (including knowledge creation and sharing in social networking websites) will be covered. Finally, the course will explore knowledge management not just from the organizational perspective, but also from the individual perspective. (OL)

LIS 467 - Web Development and Information Architecture

Organizing and structuring content to help individuals, communities, and organizations find and manage internal and external Web-based resources and services. Application of current coding, metadata, and style standards to create Web documents. Evaluation of Web site quality and usability, and assessment of resource discovery tools. Strategic planning and user needs analysis for information architecture. Content inventory, organization, and management in support of wayfinding and navigation. Design documents for prototyping large Web sites. Readings, essays, design projects, and in-class presentations. (OL)

LIS 471 - Photographic Archives and Visual Information

Photographs as visual information. Problems of meaning, context, and definition. Responsibilities of the photo archivist. History of major types of photographic artifacts and development of photographic genres. Characteristics of 19th-century processes. Special problems of subject access and remote access. Utilization by scholars, visual researchers, and communication industries. Onsite examination of management practices in a variety of institutions. Guest specialists include, when possible, visitors from special libraries, historical societies, major archives, museums, and picture agencies. (F2F)

LIS 472 - Moving Image Archives

This course explores the primary formats, technologies, approaches, and social dimensions of archiving and preserving motion picture film, magnetic video tape, and digital moving images. We study the preservation of moving images from historical, theoretical, and critical perspectives that inform archival practice. Course topics include: the field of moving image archives; histories of moving image technologies; preservation approaches, field-specific standards; ethics; and the presentation of moving images.  It is recommended that students wishing to enroll in the course have already taken LIS 439 Preservation Management or LIS 438 Introduction to Archival Methods and Services or LIS 448 Digital Stewardship. (F2F)

LIS 473 - Information Visualization (formerly LIS 593D)

Information visualization is the interdisciplinary study of the visual representation of large-scale collections of non-numerical information, such as library and bibliographic databases, networks of relations on the Internet, query and retrieval set relationships. Collections of digital objects -- text-based and digitized visual resources -- are part of a larger stream in information work of presenting large volumes of data in graphic forms from library, archive, museum, and scientific work. Traditionally, information visualization has been associated largely with information retrieval, data mining, and information graphics with purposively design explanatory images, but as the volume of digital resources grows and visualizing techniques are simplified, library systems, digital libraries, and special-purpose information systems in both the sciences and humanities turn to visualization techniques to display, explain, and help users establish meaning from the retrieved data sets. This course complements Photographic Archives and Visual Information (LIS 471) and similar visual resource-centric classes as well as born-digital-oriented materials, stored and processed. It may be studied on its own or be an application of what is learned in Data Interoperability and XML classes. (F2F)

LIS 474 - Competitive Intelligence (formerly LIS 530M)

Organizations and organizational units increasingly employ competitive intelligence (CI) to support decision-making, management, and to build and sustain competitive advantages. As the formal practice of CI has grown in adoption and sophistication, information professionals are often charged with intelligence-related responsibilities. This course examines competitive intelligence models, functions, and practices; the roles of information professionals in CI, and the management of CI. Discussion and practice topics include: intelligence ethical and legal considerations; identifying intelligence needs; intelligence project management, research methods, analysis, production, and dissemination; the uses of intelligence; intelligence sources and tools; managing the intelligence function; and the evolution of CI. A working knowledge of print and electronic business information sources is recommended. Prerequisite: LIS 407 and LIS 404 or LIS 406 or LIS 442. (OL)

LIS 475 - Organizational/Information Ethics

The course will examine the ethical implications of decisions made within various organizational contexts regarding issues such as property ownership, strategy formulation, the utilization of computer technology, employee relations, accountability, conflicts of interest, as well as other topics relevant to today's managers. Participants will examine the ethical implications of cases at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. The course will assist professionals to clarify and apply their own moral standards and ethical norms, beliefs, and values to unfamiliar, complex situations in which the appropriate application of these values may not be obvious. The course makes no effort to dictate what is "right," "proper," and "just" - that is left to the individual's own moral standards of behavior and ethical systems of belief. (OL)

LIS 476 - Archives and Cultural Heritage Outreach (formerly LIS 532E)

Outreach and advocacy are critical components of successful archives and cultural heritage programs, encompassing broad areas of user concerns from digital exhibits to educational programs to social responsibility. Students explore the principles of outreach, as well as strategies for identifying partners and the needs of diverse user populations. They learn how to develop public and educational programs, including exhibits and publicity and marketing tools for many audiences. Students also examine professional ethics and core values of advocacy and social responsibility in national and international settings. Prerequisites: LIS 407 and LIS 438 or LIS 432. (F2F)

LIS 477 - Digital Asset Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums (formerly LIS 532F)

The increasingly digital nature of the cultural heritage milieu is driving the convergence of practice in LAMs (libraries, archives and museums). Before appropriate technological solutions can be determined and implemented, requirements need to be defined and convincing use cases developed. Students taking this course learn the theoretical underpinnings and the practical skills specific to ascertaining user requirements, management and access of digital resources, focusing on commonalities among practice in libraries, archives and museums. Three areas crucial to the effective management of digital assets are emphasized: use-case analysis, technological skills, and project management. Students use applications, case studies, and scenarios in the Digital Curriculum Laboratory and complete a 60-hour guided project with a designated site. Prerequisite: LIS 488 or LIS 460. (F2F)

LIS 481 - Library Collections and Materials for Children

This course addresses the evaluation, selection, and organization of materials for children (ages 0 – 12) in public and school library collections. Students will become familiar with materials for children in various formats, including the picture book, easy reader, transitional book, and chapter book; and will attend to fiction and nonfiction published to meet young people’s recreational and curricular reading and information needs and interests. This course places strong emphasis on the evaluation of both individual items and library collections of children’s material as well as on the selection of material for children for the purposes of collection development. (F2F, OL)

LIS 482 - Library Programs and Services to Children

This course examines trends and techniques in planning and delivering public library services to children and their families. Attention is paid to the learning needs and recreational interests of children through the various stages of childhood. Students have opportunities for observation and practice of storytelling and other program techniques. Emphasis on planning, developing, funding, publicizing and evaluation of services and programs. (F2F)

LIS 483 - Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults

This course addresses the evaluation, selection, and organization of materials for young adults (young people ages 12 – 18) in public and school library collections. Students will become familiar with materials for young adults in various formats and genres, including traditional and graphic novels, and will attend to fiction and nonfiction published to meet young adults’ recreational and curricular reading and information needs and interests. This course places strong emphasis on the evaluation of both individual items and library collections of young adult material as well as on the selection of material for young adults for the purposes of collection development. (F2F)

LIS 484 - Theories of Information Science (formerly LIS 532K)

This course covers the fundamental concepts and theories pertaining to information science. The course content includes core concepts and theories, information context, user and needs, information seeking and behavior, information interaction and retrieval, information use, and other related topics. Through this course, students will examine, analyze, and synthesize professional and scholarly work in this field, develop an understanding of the history of the field, and project the future of information science and their own leadership role within it. Assignments may range from literature search, opinion paper, annotated bibliography, in-class presentations on theories and models, to oral history interviews of persons in the field.

This is a required course for master’s students in the IST concentration. IST students are advised to take the course early in their program of study. (F2F, OL)

LIS 485 - Introduction to Programming (formerly LIS 532J)

Introduces computer science and programming using a high-level programming language (currently Python). Teaches program design in the context of contemporary practices both object oriented and procedural. Presents fundamental computer science topics through initiation and design of programs. Students learn to think logically and to apply this thinking to debugging computer programs. (OL)

LIS 486 - Systems Analysis in Information Services

From a foundation of systems theory, the software- and systems-development life cycle, intergroup communication, this course considers all aspects of the analysis of information systems documentation (needs analysis, feasibility study) and improved systems design (logical and physical design (e.g., technical needs; input and output requirements [forms, screens, reports, &c]; networking; pseudocoding; UML and object-data models; SQL; evaluation and documentation). The course also covers management, personnel, and resource issues of project management, such as "build-or-buy" analysis and communicating with user groups. By casting libraries as small enterprises, students work with a specific library information systems project, such as a digital library project, to construct a professional-grade project analysis, in the form of a project portfolio, and present their analysis to the class. Prerequisite: LIS 488 or LIS 460. (F2F)

LIS 487 - Data Interoperability (formerly LIS 531Z)

Libraries and archives rely on data. While data is ubiquitous, the formats in which data is stored can vary widely. The differences in formats can hinder the accessibility of useful information and lead to difficulties in finding answers to questions. This class examines different data formats, and how the information they store can be transformed into other formats, and the inherent difficulties in some of these transformations. This class uses the Python programming language and related libraries to examine and transform data in a variety of formats, including .txt, CSV, XML, and JSON. By the end of the course, students will be able to write programs to perform these transformations accurately, and with awareness of potential ways that data can be lost or mistranslated. Prerequisite: LIS 485. (F2F, OL)

LIS 488 - Tech. for Info. Professionals

This course provides the conceptual foundation and context of computing, Internet and related technologies as used in information-intensive professions. With an emphasis both on concepts (along with an emphasis on terminology that appears in the professional literature) and skills (interactive demos and/or hands-on sessions), the course encourages students in trying out and learning new pieces of technology. The course provides an overview of topics such as how computers work (hardware, software, history of IT); networking; internet, related technologies and the future of WWW; content management systems; RDBMS and XML; ethics; security; information search and retrieval; the impact and implications of technological change on libraries, archives and other information centers; technology today and tomorrow; and other related topics. Along with providing the general technology foundation needed before taking other technology courses offered at SLIS, this course also introduces some of these other courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course early in their course program. Required Course. (F2F, OL)

LIS 490 - International and Comparative Librarianship

Comparison of American and foreign library systems in terms of national differences in philosophy, objectives, and services. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, and facilities. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Guest lectures, presentations, and individual research projects. (OL)

LIS 493 - Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge of intellectual freedom and related access issues that information professionals cope with in libraries and information settings. Students learn about the history of censorship practices, the evolving and sometimes controversial role of librarians/information professionals and others who promote the philosophy of intellectual freedom, the policies of various countries and associations regarding intellectual freedom and ethical practice, freedom of information and privacy legislation, and overall influence of technology on censorship and access issues. Prerequisite: LIS 407, LIS 415. (F2F, OL)

LIS 495 - Practicum Equivalent Experience (preK-12)

The Practicum Equivalent Experience provides students with the opportunity to apply in a school setting the skills and knowledge that he/she has learned throughout the School Library Teacher Program. If a student is currently working in a school library as "the teacher of record," he/she can choose to substitute one of the practica with a Practicum Equivalent Experience. The Practicum Equivalent Experience allows the student to receive credit for work experience gained at the school in which he/she is employed. The Practicum Equivalent Experience is done under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. The minimum time requirement for a Practicum Equivalent Experience is 300 clock hours. Registration is made by arrangement with the director of the School Library Teacher Program. Prerequisites: LIS 495 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum course work has been completed. (F2F)

LIS 498 - Practicum (preK-8)

This is an educational field-based experience at the preK-8 grade level for students needing a practicum as certification requirement. Students will have the opportunity to practice school library skills and methods under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. A minimum of 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the director of the SLT program. Prerequisites: LIS 498 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum (course) work has been completed. For students who are graduating in a given semester, he/she may concurrently take remaining course work and a practicum. (F2F)

LIS 499 - Practicum (7-12)

This is an educational field-based experience at the 7-12 grade level for students needing a practicum as certification requirement. Students will have the opportunity to practice school library skills and methods under the direction of a college supervisor and supervising practitioner. A minimum of 100 clock hours will be arranged. Registration is made by arrangement with the director of the SLT program. Prerequisites: LIS 499 is a capstone experience which is completed after all pre-practicum (course) work has been completed. For students who are graduating in a given semester, he/she may concurrently take remaining course work and a practicum. (F2F)

LIS 500 - Independent Study

The independent study program provides an opportunity for the student with a distinguished academic record, who has achieved degree candidacy, to pursue an individual topic related to his/her own interests for use in a substantial paper or project. A faculty member guides and advises the student in conferences, reviews preliminary drafts, and assigns the final grade. Academic credit is dependent upon substantial accomplishment at a distinguished level of quality. Members of the faculty actively encourage publication of those completed seminar studies that represent useful contributions to professional literature. The study proposal must be initiated by the student at least eight weeks before the semester in which it is to be undertaken. The student bears responsibility for formulating the study, approaching an appropriate faculty member, securing his/her consent to act as a sponsor, and submitting a full written statement outlining the study to that sponsor at least four weeks before the semester opens. Ask your advisor for instructions and Independent Study proposal forms. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours.

LIS 501 - Internship in Library and Information Science

The internship involves a minimum of 130 hours of field experience that represents an important learning experience for the student. As a 3-credit course, it has a significant hands-on learning component. Through discussion with key personnel in the organization and working under professional librarian supervision the student gains hands-on experience in the information environment. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours including all core requirements. (OL)

LIS 502 - Archives Field Study (formerly LIS 532B)

This course is a field experience of 130 hours working in an archives setting. Prerequisite: LIS 438, LIS 440, LIS 442. (OL)

LIS 503 - Practicum for Cultural Heritage Informatics (formerly LIS 531X)

This course is a focused practical experience combined with a related classroom component that addresses and experiments with the digital convergence of cultural heritage information. Using a case study approach, students will work in small teams (normally no more than three students) on projects identified by the cultural heritage site and pre-approved by the instructor. The practicum will include site visits, as well as experimentation and problem solving in the Digital Curriculum Laboratory located at SLIS. The classroom component applies the theoretical framework for cultural heritage convergence introduced in the "Concepts" course and offers students opportunities to share and discuss their projects within the framework. The instructor will work individually with each team throughout the project. Prerequisites: LIS 432 or LIS 446. (OL)

LIS 505 - Special Topics

This is a course open to a variety of subjects and topics. The intent is to provide a space in the curriculum for a course that can cover new/hot topics that are not expected to become part of the permanent curriculum.

LIS 530 - Current Topics

The 530 series of courses allows the faculty the opportunity and flexibility to develop courses based on current interests and trends in the field. After a course has been offered several times, the faculty vote on whether it will be entered into the regular curriculum or cease to be offered. Please note: some of these courses may be offered only occasionally rather than on an annual basis. After being offered twice, LIS 530 courses are typically moved into the permanent curriculum and given new course numbers.

LIS 530J - Information Services for Diverse Users

Please see LIS 410.

LIS 530M - Competitive Intelligence

Please see LIS 474.

LIS 531O - Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship

Please see LIS 449.

LIS 531P - Foundations of Library and Information Science

Please see LIS 401.

LIS 531Q - Special Topics in Children's Literature and Library Science

Please see LIS 405.

LIS 531S - Metadata

Please see LIS 445.

LIS 531T - The Medieval Manuscript from Charlemagne to Gutenberg

Please see LIS 464.

LIS 531V - Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics

Please see LIS 432.

LIS 531W - Digital Stewardship

Please see LIS 448.

LIS 531X - Practicum for Cultural Heritage Informatics

Please see LIS 503.

LIS 531Y - Usability and User Experience Research

Please see LIS 455.

LIS 531Z - Data Interoperability and Web-Based Resources

Please see LIS 487.

LIS 532A - Introduction to Cataloging and Classification

Please see LIS 416.

LIS 532B - Archives Field Study

Please see LIS 502.

LIS 532C - History of Libraries

Please see LIS 452.

LIS 532E - Archives and Cultural Heritage Outreach

Please see LIS 476.

LIS 532F - Digital Asset Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Please see LIS 477.

LIS 532I - Sites of History

"Sites of History" examines the practice and theory of public history at an advanced level, for those who plan to apply their academic historical studies in public settings. The seminar focuses on key challenges and issues that professionals confront in engaging the public in meaningful representations of history. We will also examine connections and differences between public historians and academic historians, as seen in particular in small museums, historical societies and history museums (including house museums). Questions we will explore include: How can historians constructively engage public audiences in examining the past? What role does historical research play within public history? How do public historians reconcile the need to attract audiences with standards of scholarly research, or with responsible museum stewardship? What commitment should public historians have to preservation versus innovation? Reading assignments will draw from interdisciplinary scholarship in museum studies, preservation, and public memory as well as history. Through field trips, guest lectures, and group or individual projects, we will take advantage of the abundant sites of history in the Boston area. The seminar's research component requires students to put historical scholarship to "public" use by identifying and investigating a topic that has immediate relevance to the interpretation of history at a public site. The course presumes experience working in a public history setting as well as a strong background in academic history.

LIS 532J - Introduction to Programming

Please see LIS 485.

LIS 532K - Theories of Information Science

Please see LIS 484.

LIS 532L - Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher

Please see LIS 461.

LIS 532M - School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience

Please see LIS 459. 

LIS 532N - Advanced Information Sources and Services: Information in the Disciplines

This course focuses on the information behaviors and services, as well as the structure and dissemination of information within the broad subject/discipline areas, of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Students will explore standard and emerging information sources, and learn the structure and properties of the information sources as they relate to information generation, dissemination, and use, within each area, with an emphasis on searching, evaluating, and using sources within the structure of the discipline. Students will also explore the information behaviors of scholars and researchers within these disciplines, to understand the preferred sources, research methods, and communication behaviors within the fields. The course will explore issues related to information sources and services within these subject areas, including developing and managing collections, providing audience- and discipline- specific research support and instruction, reading and using research literature.  Prerequisite: LIS 407

LIS 532O - Planning and Evaluation

Libraries, archives and other information centers need to be able to gather and use data to demonstrate value and effectiveness to their stakeholders. Data can also guide information professionals to make strategic decisions as they respond to shrinking budgets, changing needs and behaviors of users and demand for improvement and innovation in services. In this course, students will apply the principles of planning and evaluation, problem solving, service improvement or innovation in the context of an information setting with an eye to leading and managing change. The course will cover various topics pertaining to the cycle of planning, design, data collection and outreach for a unique value proposition in an information setting. Students will be able to develop appreciation for the role of leadership in change management and decision making.

LIS 593D - Information Visualization

Please see LIS 473.

Doctoral Courses

LIS 600 - Supervised Study (1 semester hour for Ph.D. students)

Open only to students in the doctoral program. Required of all such students (1) not in residence in any regular semester in order to maintain matriculation, (2) not taking a course for credit during the fall or spring semester, and (3) working on their concept paper, proposal, or their field research project. Supervised study may not be applied toward academic credit requirements for the doctoral degree.

LIS 601 - Independent Study for Doctoral Students

Independent Study offers an opportunity for the doctoral student to pursue individual study related to aspects of management not covered in detail in the regular course offerings. Independent Study may be a reading course, a group investigation of a topic of mutual interest, or a directed research project. An end result will be an oral presentation to the faculty supervisor and the Committee on Doctoral Studies, as well as a possible paper of publishable quality.

LIS 605 - Special Topics Seminar

This course offers an opportunity for elective doctoral seminars on different topics, and is designed to respond to current issues and interests. Each seminar topic must be approved by the Committee on Doctoral Studies before it is offered, and must be reapproved if it is repeated. The Doctoral Committee will bring each topic proposal to the Curriculum Committee for discussion prior to making a final decision. This course is open to master's students with the permission of the instructor.

Each seminar will contain the following elements:

1. Focus on a narrow and clearly-defined topic which is not taught as a course in the master's program.

2. Focus on theoretical analysis and reflection.

3. A reading list at an appropriate level for doctoral studies.

4. A final paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, or some other form of creative output.

Prerequisites: SLIS doctoral students: LIS 620; master's students and graduate students from other units of the College: permission of the instructor.

LIS 620 - History, Concepts, and Research Opportunities

LIS 620 serves as a foundation and a cohort-building course. The course takes an international perspective in exploring historical developments, current issues, and research activities of interest to library and information science, archival studies, and related information fields. It reviews the history and major developments in LIS education and considers the role of scholarship in higher education. It introduces key topics related to the research process, including problem identification, funding opportunities, the communication of findings, use of human subjects, research ethics, and research misconduct. Assignments include papers, presentations, leading classroom discussions, and completion of the Simmons College Institutional Review Board "Investigator 101" module. This is the required first course for PhD students.

LIS 621 - Conducting Research

This course addresses the theories, principles, and practices of social science research. It examines reflective inquiry (including the development of the problem statement, literature review, theoretical framework, logical structure, research objectives, and questions/hypotheses) and research design, data collection methods, and data analysis. The course also covers generalizability, reliability and validity, and the report and presentation of research results. Methods in quantitative and qualitative data analysis are introduced. Students are able to develop their own research proposals and select appropriate methods based on specific research questions. The course builds on themes and research concepts introduced in LIS 620: History, Concepts and Research Opportunities. The course requirement might include assignments, quizzes, research projects, and presentation of the research results. Pre-req: LIS 620.

LIS 642 - Applied Statistics for Library & Information Science

This course covers basic statistical methods and tools for exploratory data analysis in social sciences, focusing on basic concepts of probability theory, experimental design, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and regression analysis.

LIS 699 - Dissertation

Open only to doctoral students who have completed 33 credit hours and have successfully passed the comprehensive examination. Note: while working on the dissertation or field research project, students are enrolled in LIS 600 for the fall and spring semesters.

Doctoral students may also take LIS 400- and 500-level core and elective courses.

LIS course descriptions updated per vote at the November 18, 2015 Faculty Meeting.